Upcoming Events
11 a.m.
Jake TimberlakeJake Timberlake graduated from Ball State in 2019 with a Marketing major and Entrepreneurship minor. He started out in technical recruiting, which is a very popular post-college occupation, but quickly realized that chasing folks for jobs wasn’t for him. Using the skills he learned in recruiting, Jake tailored his resume to appeal to software companies, leading him to Securly. This Silicon Valley start-up proactively identifies and prevents cyberbullying, child suicide, and self-harm, which was a mission Jake believed in. Starting out as a business development representative, Jake quickly became lead account executive for central USA. Additionally, Jake owns a marketing agency and drop-shipping venture, in addition to his employment with Securly.
5:30 p.m.
Student RecitalYi-Ju Shih is a violin student of Yu-Fang Chen. Program to include music by (to be announced). This event is free and open to the public.
7:30 p.m.
The Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre Company performs their piece Dining Alone.Dining Alone invites you into the bittersweet and private moments that are amplified by the experience of dining.
7:30 p.m.
Event CanceledThis event has been cancelled.
5:30 p.m.
Student RecitalHaixiang Ge is a viola student of Zoran Jakovcic. Program to include music by (to be announced). This event is free and open to the public.
5:30 p.m.
Event CanceledThis event has been cancelled.
1:30 p.m.
Dan Ridenour will discuss his decision to leave a successful banking career and serve as the Mayor of Muncie.
5 p.m.
Global Game Jam 2023 is returning to Ball State University! Friday, February 3, 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, February 5, 5:00 p.m., North Residence Hall. The GGJ is the world's largest game creation event taking place around the globe boasting tens of thousands of participants (jammers) at hundreds of physical and virtual sites in over one hundred countries around the world.
6:30 p.m.
Dynamic EarthDynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.
5 p.m.
Global Game Jam 2023 is returning to Ball State University! Friday, February 3, 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, February 5, 5:00 p.m., North Residence Hall. The GGJ is the world's largest game creation event taking place around the globe boasting tens of thousands of participants (jammers) at hundreds of physical and virtual sites in over one hundred countries around the world.
2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a free tour in the DOMA galleries.
3:30 p.m.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"One World, One Sky" is a brilliant program that follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They will also find shapes in the sky that will help them find the North Star. This cross-cultural adventure opens children's eyes to the sky, helping them see how people all over the world are connected.
5 p.m.
Eclipse: The Sun RevealedThere will be a total eclipse of the Sun visible from Muncie, Indiana in 2024. A total solar eclipse is such a spectacular event, it is never too early to start planning for one. Come learn how solar and lunar eclipses happen, and about scientific discoveries that have been supported by total solar eclipses. This show also uses beautiful visuals to explore the historical and cultural view of eclipses, and explains how to safely see these awe-inspiring sights.​
6:30 p.m.
Dynamic EarthDynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.
7:30 p.m.
Woodwind musicians performingUnder the direction of Thomas Caneva, Ball State's top two concert bands present a series of concerts each year featuring a wide range of music. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
5 p.m.
Global Game Jam 2023 is returning to Ball State University! Friday, February 3, 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, February 5, 5:00 p.m., North Residence Hall. The GGJ is the world's largest game creation event taking place around the globe boasting tens of thousands of participants (jammers) at hundreds of physical and virtual sites in over one hundred countries around the world.
1:30 p.m.
Ever wondered about the history of a house or property? When was it built? What once stood there before? Who owned it? This program will tell you how to get started with your research using maps, historical documents, and other available resources to piece together the story of a building and the people connected to it.
5 p.m.
Dr. Rachel FergusonIf we face America’s racial history squarely, will it mean that the American project is a failure? Conversely, if we think the American project is a worthy endeavor, do we have to lie, downplay, or equivocate about our past? Dr. Ferguson is co-author of Black Liberation Through the Marketplace. Her commentary has been featured at the National Review, the Christian Post, the Acton Power Blog, Discourse Magazine, Law and Liberty, EconLib, and the Online Library of Liberty. She is also active in neighborhood stabilization efforts in St. Louis.
6 p.m.
What do the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Trucking, and Event Planning have in common? Penske Entertainment either owns it or is at the center of it! Come over to the Botsford-Swinford MPR on February 7th at 6 pm to meet with the Kristin Weeden, M.S., Chief Talent Officer from Penske and swing by the ice cream sundae bar provided by Barking Cow! Come to learn, meet, and socialize with your peers and the leadership of Penske Entertainment!
7:30 p.m.
a violinst performingThe Ball State Symphony Orchestra is a flagship ensemble of the School of Music that performs orchestral music from a wide variety of backgrounds and time periods. Program to be announced. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
1 p.m.
This zoom presentation features the research of Kalyn Renbarger
6 p.m.
Please join the School of Art for a presentation by Mark Thomas from 6:00PM - 7:00PM, over Zoom.
7:30 p.m.
Jazz musicians performing on stageEnjoy a concert of standard jazz favorites and original compositions with the Ball State Jazz Ensembles. A jazz scholarship is also awarded at this annual concert in memory of School of Music alumnus Uttamlal “Tom” Shah. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
3:30 p.m.
Scott Stephan's sabbatical lecture, "President James Polk's Deathbed Conversion"
5 p.m.
Enjoy an evening event in the galleries with art-making activities, storytelling, and more.
6:30 p.m.
Dynamic EarthDynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.
7 p.m.
RetrogradeRETROGRADE captures the final nine months of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan from multiple perspectives: one of the last U.S. Special Forces units deployed there, a young Afghan general and his corps fighting to defend their homeland against all odds, and the civilians desperately attempting to flee as the country collapses and the Taliban take over. From rarely seen operational control rooms to the frontlines of battle to the chaotic Kabul airport during the final U.S. withdrawal, Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s latest film offers a cinematic and historic window onto the end of America’s longest war, and the costs endured for those most intimately involved. Rated: R
7:30 p.m.
Opera singers performingThis gala event will feature opera students and voice faculty presenting several operatic favorites and lesser-known gems. Program to be announced. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1.
7:30 p.m.
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who face changing times and circumstances and find themselves pitted against each other fighting to stay afloat.
3:30 p.m.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"One World, One Sky" is a brilliant program that follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They will also find shapes in the sky that will help them find the North Star. This cross-cultural adventure opens children's eyes to the sky, helping them see how people all over the world are connected.​
5 p.m.
Eclipse: The Sun RevealedThere will be a total eclipse of the Sun visible from Muncie, Indiana in 2024. A total solar eclipse is such a spectacular event, it is never too early to start planning for one. Come learn how solar and lunar eclipses happen, and about scientific discoveries that have been supported by total solar eclipses. This show also uses beautiful visuals to explore the historical and cultural view of eclipses, and explains how to safely see these awe-inspiring sights.
6:30 p.m.
Dynamic EarthDynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.
7:30 p.m.
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who face changing times and circumstances and find themselves pitted against each other fighting to stay afloat.
7:30 p.m.
A cardinal red background with a line drawing of a rock in white with the word "CAVE" above it in white.The Spring Cave Theatre Series will include 4 one-acts running in rep. This performance will include Home Free! and Springtime/Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen.
2:30 p.m.
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who face changing times and circumstances and find themselves pitted against each other fighting to stay afloat.
2:30 p.m.
A cardinal red background with a line drawing of a rock in white with the word "CAVE" above it in white.The Spring Cave Theatre Series will include 4 one-acts running in rep. This performance will include A Nightingale and Springtime/Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen.
7:30 p.m.
A cardinal red background with a line drawing of a rock in white with the word "CAVE" above it in white.The Spring Cave Theatre Series will include 4 one-acts running in rep. This performance will include A Nightingale and Home Free!
7:30 p.m.
A cardinal red background with a line drawing of a rock in white with the word "CAVE" above it in white.The Spring Cave Theatre Series will include 4 one-acts running in rep. This performance will include Home Free! and Springtime/Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen.
1:30 p.m.
Professor Emeritus Peter Murk is a real Yooper, eh! He will regale the association with some favorite poems and special stories he has written.
7:30 p.m.
two clarinetists performingUnder the direction of Thomas Caneva, the Wind Ensemble presents a preview concert of its invited performance at the College Band Directors National Association's National Convention. Program to be announced. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1.
7:30 p.m.
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who face changing times and circumstances and find themselves pitted against each other fighting to stay afloat.
7:30 p.m.
A cardinal red background with a line drawing of a rock in white with the word "CAVE" above it in white.The Spring Cave Theatre Series will include 4 one-acts running in rep. This performance will include A Nightingale and Springtime/Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
7:30 p.m.
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who face changing times and circumstances and find themselves pitted against each other fighting to stay afloat.
7:30 p.m.
A cardinal red background with a line drawing of a rock in white with the word "CAVE" above it in white.The Spring Cave Theatre Series will include 4 one-acts running in rep. This performance will include A Nightingale and Home Free!
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
5:30 p.m.
Reel Inclusion Waging ChangeWAGING CHANGE shines a light on an American struggle hidden in plain sight: the women-led movement to end the federal tipped minimum wage for restaurant workers. Most people serving food in U.S. restaurants are paid a federal sub-minimum wage of only $2.13 an hour and are forced to depend on tips to feed themselves and their families. Women, who hold two-thirds of all tip-based jobs, are especially affected. WAGING CHANGE includes a special section on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and reveals the key role consumers must play in ending this two-tiered wage system.
7:30 p.m.
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who face changing times and circumstances and find themselves pitted against each other fighting to stay afloat.
7:30 p.m.
A cardinal red background with a line drawing of a rock in white with the word "CAVE" above it in white.The Spring Cave Theatre Series will include 4 one-acts running in rep. This performance will include Home Free! and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
7:30 p.m.
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who face changing times and circumstances and find themselves pitted against each other fighting to stay afloat.
7:30 p.m.
A cardinal red background with a line drawing of a rock in white with the word "CAVE" above it in white.The Spring Cave Theatre Series will include 4 one-acts running in rep. This performance will include A Nightingale and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
7:30 p.m.
a male vocalist performingUnder the direction of Andrew Crow and Kerry Glann, the Ball State Choirs present a series of concerts each year featuring a wide range of music from around the world and across the centuries. Program to be announced. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
7:30 p.m.
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who face changing times and circumstances and find themselves pitted against each other fighting to stay afloat.
7:30 p.m.
A cardinal red background with a line drawing of a rock in white with the word "CAVE" above it in white.The Spring Cave Theatre Series will include 4 one-acts running in rep. This performance will include A Nightingale and Home Free!
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
12 p.m.
This In-Person presentation features the research of Jerome Kotecki
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
1:30 p.m.
Ball State Rinker Center's Deb Goens and Graduate Assistant, Martha, have scheduled students from 3 different countries to be highlighted in a panel discussion this week! There will also be time for questions and answers during the last 15 minutes,
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
6 p.m.
Please join the School of Art for a presentation by Lindsey French from 6:00PM - 7:00PM, in AJ 225.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
7:30 p.m.
Male brass musicians performingThe Ball State concert bands present a series of concerts each year featuring a wide range of music. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
6:30 p.m.
The Birth of Planet EarthHow did Earth come to be a life-supporting planet? Where did our Moon come from? What does Earth’s history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? This show tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins, and helps us explore the potential of other possible worlds like our own.
7:30 p.m.
A radical, joyful, and raucous adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that challenges the patriarchy in Shakespeare’s original play.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
9 a.m.
This FREE conference is a great opportunity for Indiana educators as we strive to make Indiana a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation.Registration begins at 8:30 am, and we will kick things off with a keynote speaker at 9 am. Join colleagues from across the state and discover new ways to bring the entrepreneurial mindset to your classroom. After lunch, we will identify challenges and opportunities educators are facing in the classroom and how you might be able to find solutions to break down barriers.
2:30 p.m.
A radical, joyful, and raucous adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that challenges the patriarchy in Shakespeare’s original play.
3:30 p.m.
To Space & BackSpace exploration, our greatest adventure, impacts all of our lives here on Earth. Join us on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to then explore our own planet. Hear the extraordinary story of human ingenuity and engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps many of us use every day.
5 p.m.
Big AstronomyExplore world-class observatories, learn why Chile is an ideal environment for astronomy, and meet some of the diverse people who make BIG discoveries possible.
6 p.m.
President Mearns looks at art in the Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery.The School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
6:30 p.m.
The Birth of Planet EarthHow did Earth come to be a life-supporting planet? Where did our Moon come from? What does Earth’s history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? This show tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins, and helps us explore the potential of other possible worlds like our own.​
7:30 p.m.
A radical, joyful, and raucous adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that challenges the patriarchy in Shakespeare’s original play.
7:30 p.m.
Members of the Department of Theatre and Dance pose during a dance performance.This contemporary dance concert will be an experiment to showcase choreography created by student and teacher--the possibility to lead and learn, engage and implement movement and phrases, all while utilizing original music by local musician Adam Crawley.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
2:30 p.m.
A radical, joyful, and raucous adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that challenges the patriarchy in Shakespeare’s original play.
2:30 p.m.
Members of the Department of Theatre and Dance pose during a dance performance.This contemporary dance concert will be an experiment to showcase choreography created by student and teacher--the possibility to lead and learn, engage and implement movement and phrases, all while utilizing original music by local musician Adam Crawley.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
7:30 p.m.
A radical, joyful, and raucous adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that challenges the patriarchy in Shakespeare’s original play.
7:30 p.m.
Members of the Department of Theatre and Dance pose during a dance performance.This contemporary dance concert will be an experiment to showcase choreography created by student and teacher--the possibility to lead and learn, engage and implement movement and phrases, all while utilizing original music by local musician Adam Crawley.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
1:30 p.m.
President Geoffry S. Mearns will visit the Association of Lifelong Learners to tell us the story of of his life and how he came to be the 17th president of Ball State University. He will also walk us through some of the major accomplishments of his tenor so far, like initiatives to increase alumni engagement and launch of our latest Strategic Plan.
7:30 p.m.
A radical, joyful, and raucous adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that challenges the patriarchy in Shakespeare’s original play.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
6 p.m.
Please join the School of Art for a presentation by Nastassja Swift from 6:00PM - 7:00PM, in AJ 225.
7:30 p.m.
Cartoon image of four middle-aged women dancing with the text "Menopause the Musical" above.7:30 p.m. | Emens Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
A radical, joyful, and raucous adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that challenges the patriarchy in Shakespeare’s original play.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
11 a.m.
Erin HillErin Hill is the owner and founder of Lois Pearl Boutique in Yorktown, Indiana. What began as a line of custom-created women’s and children’s clothing has become an eclectic collection of carefully curated pretties. The boutique specializes in showcasing women-owned businesses and locally crafted goods. In addition to owning the boutique, Erin and her husband Matt, along with the children, own Indiana Oak Farm, just west of Yorktown. They raise registered show cattle, Boer goats, and have a roadside flower stand. When Erin isn’t at the storefront, you can find her hiking the farm, wrangling foster dogs, or digging in the flower beds. Erin is a graduate of Purdue University and a Yorktown native.
7:30 p.m.
a violinst performingThe Ball State Symphony Orchestra is a flagship ensemble of the School of Music that performs orchestral music from a wide variety of backgrounds and time periods. Program to be announced. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
7:30 p.m.
A radical, joyful, and raucous adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that challenges the patriarchy in Shakespeare’s original play.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
6:30 p.m.
The Birth of Planet EarthHow did Earth come to be a life-supporting planet? Where did our Moon come from? What does Earth’s history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? This show tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins, and helps us explore the potential of other possible worlds like our own.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
3:30 p.m.
To Space & BackSpace exploration, our greatest adventure, impacts all of our lives here on Earth. Join us on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to then explore our own planet. Hear the extraordinary story of human ingenuity and engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps many of us use every day.
5 p.m.
Big AstronomyExplore world-class observatories, learn why Chile is an ideal environment for astronomy, and meet some of the diverse people who make BIG discoveries possible.
6:30 p.m.
The Birth of Planet EarthHow did Earth come to be a life-supporting planet? Where did our Moon come from? What does Earth’s history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? This show tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins, and helps us explore the potential of other possible worlds like our own.
7:30 p.m.
Jazz musicians performing on stageUnder the direction of Mark Buselli, this concert features the Ball State Jazz Ensemble I with a distinguished guest artist to be announced. Two honor bands of the 49th Annual Larry McWilliams Dimensions in Jazz Festival will also perform at the beginning of the concert. Ticket availability to be announced. This concert will also be livestreamed.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
1 p.m.
Jim Lowe, Associate VP of Facilities Management has been a long-time staple at the university and serves on the Muncie School Board. He came to BSU after 14 years at General Motors and will be present to speak to the group about how our beautiful campus has changed throughout the years. Jim will show campus photos from years ago, discuss current construction, and talk about upcoming plans.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
11 a.m.
Tiara HicksTiara Hicks has been in the human resources field for close to 15 years supporting various industries, including construction, student housing, engineering, and hospitality. She has always aspired to own her own business and has a passion for bringing people together—and for great coffee. In 2020, she opened Rosebud Coffee House in Muncie with the hopes of breaking down barriers and making the coffee shop experience enjoyable for all. She turned a former bank building into Rosebud, creating a space where people on the south end of Muncie could meet and collaborate.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
10 a.m.
a pallet with paint and brushesThe School of Art Annual Student Art Show showcases work produced by students (undergraduate and graduate) during the previous year. The work is exhibited in The Ned and Gloria Griner Art Gallery, and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professionally styled exhibition where a qualified external juror selects and designates work for artistic awards of distinction.
11 a.m.
Kaitlyn ParkKaitlyn is a 2012 alumna of the Ball State Entrepreneurship program and recently returned to the Midwest after a 7-year stint in the Silicon Valley startup scene. As an entrepreneurship senior, she traveled to represent the program and was an award winner in 5 national business plan competitions. Her post-graduation goal has been to explore as many career opportunities as possible and refuse complacency. This has earned her a diverse industry background, highlighting full-cycle roles in sales, marketing, and customer success management. Her experience in the rapid-growth organization enables her to take an advisory approach to her career. She currently serves as an Enterprise Customer Success Manager in the cybersecurity field. Kaitlyn focuses on finding a balance between her customer-centric corporate life and her new small business venture, Basic B Bakery.
3 p.m.
a female vocalist performingUnder the direction of Andrew Crow, Kerry Glann, and Mark Statler, the Ball State Choirs present a series of concerts each year featuring a wide range of music from around the world and across the centuries. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
11 a.m.
Connor HitchcockConnor is the CEO and Co-Founder of Homefield, a premium collegiate apparel brand based in Indianapolis. The venture began as a fun side project out of his college apartment in Bloomington, Indiana, that he carried to his first condo in Indianapolis in 2016. He and his co-founder/wife, Christa, made the lead and quit their jobs in 2018 to officially turn a side project into a full-time adventure: Homefield. In the five years since the jump, the Homefield team has grown from 2 to 40, moved offices four times, and acquired over 125 collegiate licenses, quickly becoming one of the hottest names in the collegiate-licensed space. Connor’s interests and areas of expertise lie in organic, community-based marketing and organizational development.
7:30 p.m.
a female vocalist performingThis annual Women of Song concert is presented in celebration of Women's History Month in conjunction with Ball State's Women's Week. It will feature Ball State's choral ensemble Vox Anima as well as guest choirs. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
11 a.m.
Lathay PeguesLathay Pegues graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After graduation he worked as a reporter and anchor for various news stations in the Midwest, even winning a Regional Emmy Award. However, once his news station suddenly shut down operations, he and others were left scrambling for jobs. He decided to put his career on hold and chase another dream. He launched JohnTom’s Barbecue Sauce with two partners, inspired by his grandfather’s secret sauce recipe. Lathay moved his family back to his hometown of Muncie, Indiana, and started the business while also working for the Muncie Star Press. In February 2014, he decided to take JohnTom’s full-time! Since then, the sauce has been on shelves in numerous stores and even awarded “Best Sauce in Indiana” by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine.
5 p.m.
Join the David Owsley Museum of Art for a panel discussion with several visiting artists as they share thoughts on their creative practice.
6:30 p.m.
We Can Do It Delaware County Women of WWIIJoin us on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 pm in-person at Carnegie Library or virtually on Zoom for a local history panel presentation featuring stories of notable Delaware County women who experienced World War II. Stories will highlight the lives of women in the military and civilian women on the home front. The presentation will be brought to life with historical photographs, maps, and newspaper articles.
6:30 p.m.
The Birth of Planet EarthHow did Earth come to be a life-supporting planet? Where did our Moon come from? What does Earth’s history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? This show tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins, and helps us explore the potential of other possible worlds like our own.​
7:30 p.m.
Woodwind musicians performingUnder the direction of Thomas Caneva, Ball State's top two concert bands present a series of concerts each year featuring a wide range of music. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
7:30 p.m.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.
3:30 p.m.
To Space & BackSpace exploration, our greatest adventure, impacts all of our lives here on Earth. Join us on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to then explore our own planet. Hear the extraordinary story of human ingenuity and engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps many of us use every day.
5 p.m.
Big AstronomyExplore world-class observatories, learn why Chile is an ideal environment for astronomy, and meet some of the diverse people who make BIG discoveries possible.
6:30 p.m.
The Birth of Planet EarthHow did Earth come to be a life-supporting planet? Where did our Moon come from? What does Earth’s history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? This show tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins, and helps us explore the potential of other possible worlds like our own.​
7:30 p.m.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.
2:30 p.m.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.
7:30 p.m.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.
7:30 p.m.
The In Print Festival of First Books
3 p.m.
Cutting Edge Conversations GraphicThe Miller College of Business invites you to our “Cutting Edge Conversations” on March 29. During this webinar, you will hear from three exciting and innovative professors in the Miller College of Business. These professors will offer their thoughts and research on three different issues discussed today on social media, in newspapers, and on the airwaves. Professors Byun, Syed, and Yen will each talk for 15 minutes and explain the why and how behind phenomena that we read about in the mass media. Be entertained. Be amazed. Be enlightened.
7:30 p.m.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.
7:30 p.m.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.
6:30 p.m.
Living WorldsWhether earthly or alien, all life leaves a trace. Join narrator Daveed Diggs on a journey through space and time to discover how life makes Earth livable, where it could be found elsewhere in the cosmos, and what new technologies we might use to find it. Along the way, you’ll learn how light and color can help us spot other living worlds even from vast distances—and develop a new appreciation for the one-of-a-kind planet right beneath our feet.​
7:30 p.m.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.
1:30 p.m.
Families and kids of all ages are invited to experience art through activities, games, and tours.
3:30 p.m.
Kids Constellations!Explore the patterns we can find in the night sky during this live presentation for kids.
5 p.m.
Solar SuperstormsA fury is building on the surface of the Sun… high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000km high, and rising loops of electrified gas are energized by what is going on underneath its surface. Will these “storms” affect Earth? Find the answer as we venture into the seething interior of our star to learn how they are formed. Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.
6:30 p.m.
Living WorldsWhether earthly or alien, all life leaves a trace. Join narrator Daveed Diggs on a journey through space and time to discover how life makes Earth livable, where it could be found elsewhere in the cosmos, and what new technologies we might use to find it. Along the way, you’ll learn how light and color can help us spot other living worlds even from vast distances—and develop a new appreciation for the one-of-a-kind planet right beneath our feet.​
7:30 p.m.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.
2:30 p.m.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world.
7:30 p.m.
Lawrence Brownlee will perform at Sursa Hall on April 4th, 2023.
6 p.m.
Please join the School of Art for a presentation by Clare Benson from 6:00PM - 7:00PM, in AJ 225.
12 p.m.
Enjoy a midday break with meditative art viewing in the DOMA galleries.
12 p.m.
Alumni AwardsThe Miller College of Business cordially invites you to our Eighteenth Annual Alumni Awards.
6:30 p.m.
Living WorldsWhether earthly or alien, all life leaves a trace. Join narrator Daveed Diggs on a journey through space and time to discover how life makes Earth livable, where it could be found elsewhere in the cosmos, and what new technologies we might use to find it. Along the way, you’ll learn how light and color can help us spot other living worlds even from vast distances—and develop a new appreciation for the one-of-a-kind planet right beneath our feet.
7:30 p.m.
Opera singers during a performanceThe Opera Theatre program presents its Spring production Giulio Cesare by Handel. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This performance will also be livestreamed.
7:30 p.m.
Ball State University Singers performingCelebrate 59 fabulous years of the University Singers with a gold-studded, toe-tapping, finger-snapping, and hand-clapping two-hour extravaganza. Bring the entire family - don't miss the fun! Tickets available through the Emens Auditorium Box Office.
2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a free tour in the DOMA galleries.
3:30 p.m.
Kids Constellations!Explore the patterns we can find in the night sky during this live presentation for kids.
5 p.m.
Solar SuperstormsA fury is building on the surface of the Sun… high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000km high, and rising loops of electrified gas are energized by what is going on underneath its surface. Will these “storms” affect Earth? Find the answer as we venture into the seething interior of our star to learn how they are formed. Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.
6:30 p.m.
Living WorldsWhether earthly or alien, all life leaves a trace. Join narrator Daveed Diggs on a journey through space and time to discover how life makes Earth livable, where it could be found elsewhere in the cosmos, and what new technologies we might use to find it. Along the way, you’ll learn how light and color can help us spot other living worlds even from vast distances—and develop a new appreciation for the one-of-a-kind planet right beneath our feet.​
7:30 p.m.
Ball State University Singers performingCelebrate 59 fabulous years of the University Singers with a gold-studded, toe-tapping, finger-snapping, and hand-clapping two-hour extravaganza. Bring the entire family - don't miss the fun! Tickets available through the Emens Auditorium Box Office.
3 p.m.
Opera singers during a performanceThe Opera Theatre program presents its Spring production Giulio Cesare by Handel. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This performance will also be livestreamed.
7:30 p.m.
Two dance students perform onstage.Selected works from dance majors highlighting the best in original dances that vary in style and form.
11 a.m.
Dr. Matthew RutherfordDr. Rutherford is Professor, Johnny Pope Chair, and Doctoral Program Chair in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. Previously, he has served as a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty member at Gonzaga University. He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University, MBA from the University of Southern Indiana, and bachelor’s degree from Ball State. His experience is in new and small firm consulting. He has provided consulting services to hundreds of organizations of all sizes. His research foci are new venture strategy, family business, and new venture finance.
7:30 p.m.
Two dance students perform onstage.Selected works from dance majors highlighting the best in original dances that vary in style and form.
7:30 p.m.
a jazz trumpeter performingEnjoy a concert of standard jazz favorites and original compositions with the Ball State Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Mark Buselli and Freddie Mendoza. Program to be announced. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
7:30 p.m.
Two dance students perform onstage.Selected works from dance majors highlighting the best in original dances that vary in style and form.
6:30 p.m.
Living WorldsWhether earthly or alien, all life leaves a trace. Join narrator Daveed Diggs on a journey through space and time to discover how life makes Earth livable, where it could be found elsewhere in the cosmos, and what new technologies we might use to find it. Along the way, you’ll learn how light and color can help us spot other living worlds even from vast distances—and develop a new appreciation for the one-of-a-kind planet right beneath our feet.​
3:30 p.m.
Kids Constellations!Explore the patterns we can find in the night sky during this live presentation for kids.
5 p.m.
Solar SuperstormsA fury is building on the surface of the Sun… high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000km high, and rising loops of electrified gas are energized by what is going on underneath its surface. Will these “storms” affect Earth? Find the answer as we venture into the seething interior of our star to learn how they are formed. Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.
6:30 p.m.
Living WorldsWhether earthly or alien, all life leaves a trace. Join narrator Daveed Diggs on a journey through space and time to discover how life makes Earth livable, where it could be found elsewhere in the cosmos, and what new technologies we might use to find it. Along the way, you’ll learn how light and color can help us spot other living worlds even from vast distances—and develop a new appreciation for the one-of-a-kind planet right beneath our feet.
7:30 p.m.
a female vocalist performingThe concert features the Ball State Concert Choir, University Choral Union, Cardinal Chorus, and Vox Anima under the direction of Andrew Crow, Kerry Glann, and Mark Statler. Program to be announced. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
11 a.m.
Jennifer WieseJennifer Wiese is a mother of four boys with dietary needs. When her eldest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 8, she discovered that following a gluten- and casein-free diet helped him be a happier, thriving little boy. The hitch was that the gluten-free foods on grocery store shelves were dry, bland, and expensive. Jennifer started BeeFree in January 2010 from the desire to feed her kids foods that fit their dietary needs and still tasted great. BeeFree is committed to bringing great-tasting treats to anyone while sticking to its gluten, grain, and dairy-free standards. BeeFree is owned and operated in Noblesville, Indiana, and can now be found on Amazon and in grocery stores around the nation.
7:30 p.m.
Male brass musicians performingThe Ball State concert bands present a series of concerts each year featuring a wide range of music. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
7:30 p.m.
Two dance students perform onstage.From the theaters in Times Square all the way to Muncie, enjoy dance inspired by some of the most famous Broadway musicals!
7:30 p.m.
Two dance students perform onstage.From the theaters in Times Square all the way to Muncie, enjoy dance inspired by some of the most famous Broadway musicals!
7:30 p.m.
Woodwind musicians performingUnder the direction of Thomas Caneva, Ball State's top two concert bands present a series of concerts each year featuring a wide range of music. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
7:30 p.m.
Two dance students perform onstage.From the theaters in Times Square all the way to Muncie, enjoy dance inspired by some of the most famous Broadway musicals!
7:30 p.m.
Two dance students perform onstage.From the theaters in Times Square all the way to Muncie, enjoy dance inspired by some of the most famous Broadway musicals!
3 p.m.
a male vocalist performingUnder the direction of Andrew Crow, the Ball State Chamber Choir presents a concert featuring a wide range of music from around the world and across the centuries. Program to be announced. Tickets available for purchase in person or online through the College of Fine Arts Box Office starting August 1. This concert will also be livestreamed.
9 a.m.
Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.
9 a.m.
Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.
9 a.m.
Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.
9 a.m.
Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.
9 a.m.
Offered annually for more than 35 years, our week-long Indiana Economic Development Course—the official “basic course” for the International Certified Economic Developer Certification—offers intensive training in the basic concepts, methods, and strategies of economic, industrial, business, entrepreneurial, workforce, and community development. It is a comprehensive educational experience in the theory and practice of holistic approaches to building and sustaining vibrant communities.